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Palm Islands Nature Reserve


Covering 5 sq Km and located on the northwest of Tripoli, Sanani, Ramkine and Palm Island together with their surrounding sea make up the Palm Islands Nature Reserve. They are Lebanonís only true Islands.


Several designations have been given to Palm Islands reserve due to its special characteristics:  it has been designated a Mediterranean Specially Protected Area under the Barcelona Convention, an Important Bird Area by Birdlife Convention as well as Wetland of Special International Importance.


Palm Island, the largest of the three islands is also known as Rabbit Island because it used to feature a large population of rabbits which have been removed later on for environmental reason: rabbits were threatening very important plants.


 Palm Islands reserve is a resting place for migratory birds such as the grey heron. It also harbors some endangered reptiles such as green sea turtle and Loggerhead turtle as well as endemic sub-species of lizard, bats and a number of sheltering fish.

You can also find there some medicinal plants and an exceptional specie of butterfly, known as the painted lady.


Parts of the reserve are accessible during summer for swimming and snorkeling.

The rest of the year the Islands remain quiet calm haven for wildlife.


Get text of the law (Arabic)

Get Brochure of Palm Islands Reserve (PDF - 4.5MB)


Cultural Heritage

On Palm Islands, fragments of pottery, fresh water well , old Salinas and Church ruins, probably  returning to Crusaders period,  are  evidences of past periods of human occupation.

Ramkin Island contains cannon emplacements and underground galleries built early this century.



Nature Reserve Office

Tel/Fax: 961 6 615938

P.O.Box: 341 Tripoli - Mina



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